Louisville Business First – October 24, 2014
Yesterday was a big day for Michter’s Distillery LLC. In case you missed it, the company installed a new still at what is soon to be its main production facility in Shively. Officials there hope to have the distillery up and running by April.
While I was there, I decided to ask Michter’s president Joe Magliocco about the company’s downtown project as well. As we’ve reported before, Michter’s is building a visitors center and small distillery in the more than 120-year-old Fort Nelson Building at 801 W. Main St. But it’s been slow going, as the building needed a lot of repair work.
“It’s an amazing building, and it’s going to be spectacular,” Magliocco said.
But, he added that the building was in worse shape than Michter’s officials initially thought when they purchased it. The building was leaning into Eighth Street when the company first began work there, said Cash Moter, a partner at Louisville-based Joseph & Joseph Architects. The only way to save it was essentially to build a steel structure inside the building.
Magliocco said doing that required some special permissions because the Fort Nelson building is a historic structure. That slowed the project down a little more, he said.
At this point, the structure has been stabilized. Magliocco said crews are doing some tuck pointing work on the brick structure now. Sullivan & Cozart Inc. is the contractor on the job.
The progress was announced in 2011 and it was initially supposed to be finished in 2013. Despite the progress, Magliocco said he is unsure of when it will be finished.
He added with a laugh: “I’ve stopped giving a date because I’ve always been wrong.”
David A. Mann covers these beats: Restaurants, beverage industry, manufacturing, distribution/logistics, unions.